On Tuesday, Lebanon’s caretaker Defense Minister, Zeina Akar, issued a decree to freeze the validity of licenses to carry weapons from December 23rd, 2020, until February 1st, 2021.
This applies to all citizens with the exception of military personnel, diplomats, officials, as well as those accompanying former and current ministers, deputies, politicians, political party leaders, and religious leaders.
This is part of Lebanon’s crackdown on ‘celebratory shooting‘ ahead of New Year’s Eve which was initiated at the request of the director of Beirut Airport Security Service, Brig. Gen. George Doumit.
Doumit’s main concern is the safety of passengers aboard commercial planes flying above Lebanon, but he is doing all of Lebanon a favor.